Candidate for the position of A&H Philosophy - SSLC Student Chair

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DANIEL CAHN

I was trying to come up with a philosophy pun but I just Kant.

I've spent the last year working with my colleagues to make sure that our voices are heard. Vote Daniel Cahn for Student Chair to continue the enormous progress we've been making!

This year, I'll be focussing on two things:

  • Strengthening the connection between the Department and the Philosophy Society, to improve the social environment for all philosophers.

  • Helping better prepare dual degree students get used to writing philosophy

Having been an SSLC Rep for a year, I've fought successfully alongside my collegues for changes. But rather than talk about the past, I want to focus on the future. 

1) I want to improve the relationship between the Philosophy Department and the Philosophy Society. As traditionally viewed, the Department is the entity responsible for student life and the society helps run some social events. But the fact of the matter is that PhilSoc represents the students and that PhilSoc knows how best to work with what the students want. For this reason, I want to work on increasing the department's budget for PhilSoc programming. I also want all events targetted at Philosophy students to be either run or co-hosted by PhilSoc. To start, I've worked with careers at KCL to make sure that all of the philosophy events they work on this semester are co-hosted by PhilSoc and are properly suitable and interesting for philosophy students.

2) I want to address problems specifically facing dual degree students. Student studying maths&philosophy, physics&philosophy, and other dual degrees have reported struggling with adapting to writing philosophy. Most dual degree students only have one essay to write in their first semester, which means that it isn't until they get their formative essays back at the end of term 2 that they really see what they're doing wrong and learn how to write better essays. Last year, I brought this up with this department and was told that the reason we don't do more comes down to budgeting. The department doesn't want to spend more money helping us out with writing better essays. I think this is a problem. Vote for me and I will fight on your behalf to make sure that dual degree students don't have an unfair disadvantage.

Of course, this list is not a complete list of everything I'm working on. As Chair, it would be my job to advocate for all student needs. For example, I am currently strongly advocating to reopen the Philosophy Building door and open more exits from the Strand building onto the street. 

I hope to get the opportunity to represent you. As always, feel free to contact me at Daniel.Cahn@KCL.ac.uk if you believe there's something else we should be doing to represent you!